Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Street Photography

4th Monday on Lens and Pens by Sally is Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).  I picked Street Photography.  I’ve never really tried doing any street photography, per se, where I would be photographing specific people except for this one time. We were at the car show in downtown Winter Garden. It was so very hot and I think that’s why these ladies caught my attention.  Especially, the one lady with the sweater and the scarf.  I don’t know how she could stand the heat. I think they saw me photographing — at least in their general direction — but then paid me no mind. I haven’t built up enough nerve yet to actually approach strangers to ask about photographing them. So I played with the photo a bit with a couple of apps. The original photo (slightly cropped) is posted last. This was taken with my iPhone5.

2014-05-17 B&W_Fotor


2014-05-17 people


2014-05-17 People_Fotor



36 comments on “Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Street Photography

  1. Amy says:

    I like your street photo. Like you, I haven’t built up enough nerve to ask… 🙂

  2. Sue Slaght says:

    Linda I love the black and white one. So I am of the opposite mindset and always ask. Perhaps I am worried about some kind of backlash of someone seeing themselves on the internet. Any thoughts? Am i being overly cautious?

    • I don’t know, Sue. I think if I were braver I probably should have asked if they minded. I was quite some distance away and had been taking long distant shots up the street. I just sort of saw them and snapped. I think there’s definitely two schools of thought. If I was going to take a photo of an individual specifically, I would feel more obligated to ask their permission to possibly use it on my blog. I guess I also don’t look like much of a photographer with just my iPhone! Naturally, if I ever did post something that had someone in it and they wanted it taken down, I certainly would do so. I’ve taken pictures that had people in them but they were not the subject. Sometimes you just can’t help getting people in pictures — especially in tourist areas as I bet you’ve experienced! 🙂

      • Sue Slaght says:

        Yes sometimes it is very difficult to avoid getting people in the photos. At a distance I don’t think there is any issue.
        Being an extreme extrovert I march on up to anyone who I want close up or a photo that could be recognized,often with my husband shaking his head.

        Sounds like you have found a system that works for you Linda. I certainly didn’t mean to insinuate that you were doing it wrong. I’m just always looking to learn from other bloggers how they deal with issues. I appreciate the explanation and my heartfelt apologies if I offended you in any way.

        • Oh, my goodness, Sue, you never offended me. The thought never crossed my mind. I, like you, am very curious as to how others approach this. Everyone is different and is going to have their own way of doing. I don’t believe there is a wrong or a right way but that each incident is special! Of course, I’m so camera shy, I hope I don’t see me showing up in somebody’s blog! Bwahahahaha! Hugs, dear friend! 🙂

        • Sue Slaght says:

          Thank you kind hearted friend. So pleased we are on the same page. I’m afraid my Canadian stereotype was showing there. Heaven forbid we would offend anyone. 🙂
          I am going to pose this question to James and Terri at Gallivance. They have been fantastic mentors and have a wonderful travel blog. They often have people in their photos so I will see what they do. Stay tuned. 🙂

        • I’ll be anxious to hear what you learn! 🙂

        • Sue Slaght says:

          Writing an email to them at this moment. 🙂 I will definitely get back to you with their thoughts Linda.

  3. cindy knoke says:

    Yes the woman on the left caught my eye too, not so much for the bundling, but for the errrrrr, stoic expression on her face? I think the BW handles this best~

  4. Linda, you know how much I adore street photography, and this singular image has many layers. The monochrome removes all distractions (including color), and allows me to focus on the women. Their expressions are priceless. Nicely captured. Happy Photo Challenge.

    • Thanks, Sally. You’ve probably addressed this before but since you like the street photography, do you ask first or just try to sneak it as I did this first time? 🙂

      • I try not to intrude. Usually I take images that do not invade someone’s space. Often I look for the backs of people or scenes that tell more than the expression on someone’s face. I just cannot bring myself to approach someone,. First things first, once you approach someone the image is gone. If you do it afterwards, I believe that would have already violated their privacy. It’s definitely a conundrum. I prefer to think of myself as a voyeur of life. Then we are observers and recorders.

  5. Imelda says:

    This photo holds a lot of stories. 🙂

  6. I like the effect you have used with the app. Great work.

  7. This not only an excellent photo but also you turned it into a work of art. It tells a story. The women are not that recognizable so you need worry about unpleasant aftermaths, me thinks. But you know what, people love to be ask to have their picture taken and you can always send it to the subjects first before you use it.
    Aaaaaand, we all learned when growing old…wear a hat to stay stylish and attractive;0).

  8. I vote for B&W as well. I have the same problem with photographing people so I don’t have many, with the exception of my family and I don’t really share their photos all that often.


  9. Sue Slaght says:

    Good Morning Linda. I heard back from James at Gallivance. Perhaps I could email you his response as it might be long for your comments section. My email is
    His general statement and he qualified he did not know about the legality of the issue, ” Usually, when we take a photo of someone, we ask their permission before taking the photo, and assume that it’s tacit permission to use the photo for our blog.”

    I’m happy to share the rest of his thoughts on the matter if you’d like. What a great discussion your post has created Linda!

  10. AmyRose says:

    What a great start to a NEW beginning with your photography, Linda!! I will let you in on a secret. I have found this year, this is the first time I am walking around in a sweatshirt and jeans or sweater. I am seeing as I um age, the drafts and even the breeze seems cool. Shocking? Yup! Even for me. Great job on the images!! Now, I pray you get the courage to ASK peeps for photos. Tee hee …. Don’t know if I could ….. Love, Amy

    • Thanks, Amy! I pretty much live in my jeans — capris in the summer; regular in the winter. Love my jeans! I rarely, if ever, get chilly. Oh, wait, I do live in the middle of Florida! Maybe that has something to do with all this glistening (not sweat, mind you!)! 😆

  11. rommel says:

    Black and White sure is the best suited when it comes to street photography. I do not have the courage when it comes to photographing people.I always had to sneak. 😀

  12. mihrank says:

    impressive and detailed!

  13. Sonel says:

    Beautiful street photography Linda. I love that zoom effect. Stunning! 😀

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